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Exhibitions Catalogues Project Assistant

NSCAD University Library - Halifax
Salary $18 an hour (35 hours a week)
Posting Date May 4, 2021
Closing Date May 23, 2021

Project and Objectives:

The NSCAD University Library is home to unique special collections that document not only the rich history of the institution, but also the development of teaching and creative practice in Canadian contemporary and conceptual art, design, craft, and media. These special collections include print collections of artist and rare books, exhibition catalogues, and a diverse amount of archival audio/visual material including reel-to-reel and cassette audio tape, film, and video tape, as well as more recently born-digital materials.

The main objective of this project is to complete an inventory of the NSCAD University Library's special collection of exhibition catalogues over the course of 16 weeks during the spring/summer of 2021. The incumbent will receive training in the library management software used at NSCAD, inventory workflows, cataloguing authority records and the effects of the move from the AACR2 standard to the RDA standard in cataloguing bibliographic metadata. The incumbent will review the physical collection and compare it to the bibliographic records for this collection to identify items that are missing or that require cataloguing attention. In so doing, the incumbent will improve the discoverability of this collection and the reliability of the the library catalogue. The incumbent will also document their workflows and create promotional materials to disseminate knowledge about this collection.

The broader impact of this project is to improve the discoverability of documentation of predominantly Canadian art practices from c. 1960's to the present, especially those on which monographs have not been published, and of which there may be little surviving documentation. This includes artworks by members of groups who have been historically underrepresented in the art world, including Indigenous, M├ętis, or Inuit artists, LGBTQ2SIA+ artists, Black artists and artists of colour, and artists who are members of official-language minority communities. This project proposes to pay special attention to the bibliographic records of materials documenting the art practices of historically underrepresented groups, to ensure that these materials are discoverable and represented in epistemologically just ways in their metadata. For example, an effort will be made to ensure that the bibliographic records of items by Francophone artists include subject access in French.

This project will benefit the student by offering an extensive engagement with the history of Canadian art over the past 60+ years. It will also offer a hands-on experience of library management software and practices, and of bibliographic metadata and issues in subject access and authority control.

Candidate profile:

The successful candidate will be employed full-time (35 hours a week) for 16 weeks on-site at the NSCAD University library during the summer of 2021. Ideally, the candidate will be enrolled in an art history program, a library and information technology diploma program, or an information studies graduate degree program. Previous library experience is an asset but not necessary to apply. The chosen candidate should be detail-oriented, have practical experience using Microsoft Excel, and have a strong interest in art history and library work. NSCAD University follows public health directives in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants should be aware that this position and project may pivot if and as needed to remote work.

NSCAD University is committed to employment equity and values a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our community are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and one reference in one pdf document to Lelland Reed: Collections and Systems Librarian, Acting Library Director at by Sunday, May 23rd, 2021.

Please note: Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program. Candidates must:

- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible)

- Be legally entitled to work in Canada;

- Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment

- Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment

- Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment

- Have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment

- Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

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